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Vets’ Home residents finish moving into Hammond Hall

Quincy Veterans’ Home officials said they’re completing another important step in the renovation of the home Wednesday since 14 people were killed and 66 others sickened due to Legionaries’ Disease.

At Hammond Hall earlier, and workers from Golden Bridges along with volunteers from the American Legion were hard at work moving residents like Larry Uhrich in.

“They came in and asked me what I was taking, and I showed them, and I didn’t want to get in their way so I left the room and when I got back they got it all packed,” said Uhrich,contributing the very smooth move in to the hired help from Quincy company Golden Bridges.

Uhrich said he’s glad to be moving to Hammond because things have gotten harder has he’s gotten older.

“I can still take my meds and everything, but with only one nurse over there, I want another one to check me too,” said Uhrich.

Quincy Veterans’ Home officials said while Hammond Hall was originally planned to be a transitional step in the remodel, what it’s bringing to the Veterans’ home makes it a valuable permanent fixture.

“It gives us more space, it gives us private rooms so we can offer more privacy more dignity, increasing patient satisfaction,” said Veterans’ Home Administrator Troy Culbertson, “it offers a full wide range of therapy services here that haven’t been in the same building as these residents before.”

For Uhrich, he said he feels safe on the Veterans’ home campus, and feels like they’ve done a good job working through the renovations and dealing with the deadly legionella bacteria so far.

“As far as being safe– sure I think everyone should be safe here, or at any place over in the other buildings,” saud Uhrich.

Veterans’ home officials say they’re working on the timeline for when the next stage of construction begin on campus. They expect to have more information for the public sometime late next month.

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs officials said the project will cost around $230 million.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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